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ERIC Number: ED567073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
Environmental Education: From the Perspective of Scientific Knowledge for Constructivist Learning
Giron, Graciela; Vasquez-Martinez, Claudio-Rafael; López, Juan Sánchez; Bañuelos, Antonio Ayón
Bulgarian Comparative Education Society, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (10th, Kyustendil, Bulgaria, Jun 12-15, 2012)
Environmental education is not merely a modern form for the didactics of natural science, but is, on the contrary, an educational process that integrates ecological knowledge, philosophy, politics, economics and sociology, among others. This is because its purpose is to change the relationships of production, social structures of economics and cultural patterns, which include both the individual and the collective, with the intention that the present generation, and future ones, should change how they live, so as to develop the members of contemporary industrial society in a new historical context of a worldwide environment. In this chapter, the authors argue it is necessary to bring introduce an environmental education which will transform and reform in educational planning, where management will be in the vanguard of change, guiding and participating in the struggle to transform the school to promote critical thinking, first among teachers and later in the studies of their students, so that they can promote activities and remedial action and raise questions about the environmental problems that result from the globalisation of the world through a consumerist economy. It is essential and urgent in the twenty first century that a new vision based on critical thinking is constructed that will promote changes in attitude that are not merely cosmetic. It follows that there is a need for an environmental education which promotes constructivist learning and helps in the rebuilding of the ways we think to bring about sustainable development to control, reduce and improve the present environmental crisis. The article goes on to explore philosophy in environmental education, environmental ethics, constructivist learning in environmental education, and the nature of environmental problems in environmental education. The authors conclude that in the governance of companies producing goods and services there have been established norms and/or laws that in many of the cases are not sufficient to prevent environmental pollution. For this reason it is necessary to investigate new strategies that allow for critical and reflective thought about our activities as human beings. This will bring about a modification in relationships of production, socio-economic structures and cultural patterns, that embraces the individual and the collective with the intention that present and future generations change the way they live, to encourage members of contemporary industrial society in a new, historic and global environmental context. [For complete volume, see ED567040.]
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Language: English
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